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Van-Far remains busy with facility upgrades

Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Melissa Deimeke addresses the board.

Melissa Deimeke addresses the board.

Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter provided the School Board with a facilities update at the beginning of the district’s monthly meeting held last Thursday.
He noted the following items:
• Elementary restrooms have been stripped out and some of the newer toilets will be reused in the new restrooms.
• Elementary classroom bulletin and chalkboards have been removed, and the liquid glue underneath is being removed, so the walls can be painted.
• Measurements for doors have been taken.
• The skirting has been removed and preparations are being made for the removal and disposal of the trailer.
• A parking lot bid walkthrough was scheduled for June 23 and bids are due June 30. A meeting to open the bids is set for 6 p.m. on June 30 at the high school library.
Superintendent Dr. Hunter also reported Summer School enrollment of 202 for the elementary, five for Jr. High, and five for High School for a total enrollment of 212.

Principals Reports
Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School Principal Cindy Pirch provided copies of the handbook to the board and noted that there have been no changes.
She said there are students doing credit recovery in PLATO in Summer School.
“I continue to thank the board for your support of the PLATO program as it has continued to allow us to successfully graduate our students who are (needing) to (recover) credit,” Pirch said in her written report.
She also noted that letters are going out to 7th grade parents with dates set for drug testing. The three dates set are July 27 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.), August 4 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.), and August 10 (9 a.m.-noon). Returning student registration (7th graders coming in from the elementary) will be on Thursday, August 6 and Friday, August 7 from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Principal Pirch also handed out an EMO Conference Calendar for the coming year.
In her written report, she noted the upcoming MSHSAA Dead Period for activities is June 27-July 5 and the Dead Period for athletics is July 4-July 12.
The gym will be closed for the Summer from July 15-August 2. The first day of Fall sports is August 3 for the High School and August 17 for the Jr. High School.
Van-Far Elementary Principal Brian Hummel said Summer School was going well and that everyone seems to have adjusted to the changes.
He noted that the 3rd-6th grade students have gone to the Vandalia Library once each week since they couldn’t go to the elementary library this year. It was reported that the 2nd grade held “Popcorn Dynasty” last week and raised $384.80 to go to the local food pantry and the Angel Tree. Elementary registration is tentatively set for August 7. A handbook will be ready for the July board meeting.
A Pool Party will be held once again this year from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11.
Special Ed Contracts
The previous Special Ed contract was with NHC for OT and PT services but there has been concern about their cost involving travel time and mileage. Special Education Director Melissa Deimeke presented her research. NHC has provided new contract terms and another vendor, Creative Therapies, who also provides a contract for their services.  It was recommended to continue to use NHC for PT servic


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